Guns have always been allowed on campus at Liberty University, however a recent rule change by president Jerry Falwell Jr. will allow students to carry weapons inside residence halls.
In the wake of the tragic San Bernardino shooting, which left 14 people dead, Falwell made headlines for promoting concealed carry on campus.
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course,” Falwell said during the school’s convocation ceremony on Dec. 5.
For students at Liberty these comments did not come as a shock. Student Christopher Feraldi said he stands by the university’s decision to expand concealed carry to residence halls.
“I agree with President Falwell, I am proud of my school and its stance on concealing weapons on campus,” he said. “If a shooter, of any belief, were to show up here, there are over 900 individuals with concealed carry permits; I feel safest here at Liberty University.”
Former Liberty student Tim Fink, agrees with Falwell’s new rule change as well.
“Our country was built on laws with a Constitution for the right to bear arms,” he said. “There is no part in becoming a citizen that asks the opinion of those laws.”
Liberty’s previous rule required students to store their weapons in their car or other secure area before entering the residence halls.
Director of Spiritual Programs Daniel Bolton said Liberty is one of the only universities taking this stance on guns.
“Liberty is doing what many schools wish they had the support to accomplish,” Bolton said. “What Liberty is saying is that we trust the student, value their security, and support their constitutional right. At a time when universities across the country are limiting the rights of the student — from free speech to religious freedom — Liberty University is not only allowing but supporting the rights of the student.”
Liberty’s new rule sets a precedent, which will stand out among other schools across the nation.